Caister Academic Press

CIMB Abstract

Curr. Issues Mol. Biol. (2017) 22: 79-88.
https://doi.org/10.21775/cimb.022.079

DNA Vaccines: Regulatory Considerations and Safety Aspects

Anne Ingeborg Myhr

DNA vaccines have great potential as preventive or therapeutic vaccines against viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases as well as cancer, and may also be used as gene therapy products. Although many human and veterinary DNA vaccines have been investigated in laboratory trials, only four of these have been approved for commercial use. In this paper an overview of the regulatory requirements for the development of DNA vaccines is given. The regulatory process in EU and USA is described. A discussion concerning the relevance of national regulations on gene technology is included. In addition the main safety concerns associated with DNA vaccines, relating to unwanted side effects in the vaccinated mammal or fish, are presented. Finally, the need for greater openness regarding the assessment information is discussed.

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